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A uniform biped gait generator with offline optimization and online adjustable parameters

Lin Yanga1 c1, Chee-Meng Chewa1, Teresa Zielinskaa2 and Aun-Neow Pooa1

a1 Control and Mechatronics Lab, Department of Mechanical Engineering, The National University of Singapore, 10 Kent Ridge Crescent, Singapore 119260, Singapore

a2 Warsaw University of Technology, Institute for Aircraft Engineering and Applied Mechanics, 00-665 Warsaw, Poland

SUMMARY

This paper presents the Genetic Algorithm Optimized Fourier Series Formulation (GAOFSF) method for stable gait generation in bipedal locomotion. It uses a Truncated Fourier Series (TFS) formulation with its coefficients determined and optimized by Genetic Algorithm. The GAOFSF method can generate human-like stable gaits for walking on flat terrains as well as on slopes in a uniform way. Through the adjustment of only a single or two parameters, the step length and stride-frequency can easily be adjusted online, and slopes of different gradients are accommodated. Dynamic simulations show the robustness of the GAOFSF, with stable gaits achieved even if the step length and stride frequency are adjusted by significant amounts. With its ease of adjustments to accommodate different gait requirements, the approach lends itself readily for control of walking on a rough terrain and in the presence of external perturbations.

(Received February 01 2006)

(Online publication March 19 2007)

KEYWORDS

  • Truncated Fourier Series;
  • Genetic algorithm;
  • Biped;
  • Gait generation and adjustment

Correspondence:

c1 Corresponding author. Email: yanglin@nus.edu.sg